Immigration Law

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Helping Afghans and Ukrainians Progress from Parole to Temporary Protected Status to Permanent Residence
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta and Kaitlyn Box, May 3, 2022 "In light of the recent crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been at the forefront of discussions around how the United States can assist individuals who are fleeing these... Read More

USCIS Expands Partnership with Social Security Administration
Posted on 9 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 9, 2021 "USCIS announced today that applicants filing for lawful permanent resident status are now able to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement card as part of the adjustment of status application process. Previously... Read More

USCIS Denies Green Card to World-Class Coach
Posted on 18 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Feb. 18, 2020 "For the past three years, Henrique “Hicu” Motta, a rowing coach, has created unlikely success stories in a sport long associated with the privileged. He has taken his team of high school... Read More

USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness
Posted on 26 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 26, 2019 "Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting applications to adjust status to lawful permanent resident from certain Liberian nationals under Section 7611 of the National Defense... Read More

Expert: New 'Public Charge' Rule Likely to Mean More Green Cards Denied
Posted on 13 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tessa Berenson, Brian Bennett, Time Magazine, Aug. 13, 2019 "Immigration groups vowed to fight a Trump Administration plan to deny green cards to applicants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, as experts warned the... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Need to Plan Ahead Before Sponsoring a Senior Parent for a Green Card
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, July 29, 2019 "Many US citizens, especially those who have recently naturalized, desire to sponsor their senior parents for lawful permanent residence, also colloquially known as the green card. A US citizen can sponsor a parent for... Read More

USCIS, ICE Set Trap for Green Card Applicants in New England
Posted on 15 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 14, 2018 - "Recently unsealed documents and depositions show the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses its own regulations – which were designed to protect the families of noncitizens from unnecessary separation... Read More

Tags: USCIS , ICE , Green Card

Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, June 21, 2018 - "For more than two centuries, immigrants have played a vital role in the U.S. military, fighting and sometimes dying for their adopted country. But the Trump administration has turned its back on history by barring lawful permanent... Read More

Melania's Missing Press Conference
Posted on 2 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Philip Bump, Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2016 - "Trump's campaign promised to answer questions about a more personal component of the immigration issue. In early August, Trump pledged that his wife Melania, a native of Slovenia, would hold a press... Read More

Melania Trump Claims 2001 Green Card Via EB-1 'Extraordinary Ability' Path
Posted on 15 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Politico, Sept. 14, 2016 - "Melania Trump has published a letter from an attorney [ Michael J. Wildes ] who says he reviewed her immigration history and that she entered the country for the first time in 1996 and complied with all visa laws. "I... Read More

USCIS Grants Green Card 41-Years Later, Finally Recognizes 1975 Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 12 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sveta Apodaca, June 9, 2016 - "In a series of recent decisions, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have recognized as valid the April 21, 1975 marriage of two gay men, Richard Adams and... Read More

Texas Explosion Leaves Widowed Immigrant Mother Tangled in Red Tape
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Sandra Villalobos left her home here in February to go to Mexico, the plan was to return with her 11-year-old daughter, who had been raised there, and a green card. She brought her disabled 7-year-old daughter, Mariana, with her. Villalobos’... Read More

Want a Green Card? Invest in Real Estate
Posted on 17 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For foreign investors who have the money, the [ EB-5 investor visa ] program can be an easy way to gain legal residency in the United States. In 2009, Yi Lin, 47, was working as a media executive in Shanghai when he began thinking of applying... Read More

Crunching the Green Card Waiting List Numbers
Posted on 23 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The following figures have been compiled from the NVC report submitted to the Department on November 1, 2012, and show the number of immigrant visa applicants on the waiting list in the various preferences and subcategories subject to numerical... Read More

Oscar De La Hoya Loses Bout, Wins Green Card
Posted on 14 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Little did Oscar De La Hoya know, that when he lost his first bout in controversial and memorable fashion to Felix Trinidad, he helped win a deserving fellow his permanent resident status. On September 18, 1999, Felix Trinidad beat Oscar... Read More